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Monday, July 14, 2014

Liturgical Ornaments {Simple and Easy Mini Crafts}


Summer is in full swing and my 10 year old daughter, Elizabeth, has been complaining that she is "bored". Elizabeth is a very creative young lady, but it's her creativity that often feeds her feeling of boredom. If she doesn't have something creative to do she just looks lost and kind-of wonders around. So I decided to give her something to spark her creative juices.
I asked Elizabeth if she wanted to make little ornaments that centered around the liturgical year. We have a "tree" in our house which we decorate throughout the year. The changing decorations include: Saint MedalsMary flowersSt. Valentine Hearts, Catholic SnowflakesLenten Jesus TreeAssumption decorand more! I thought it would be nice if the kids had an ornament to hang on the tree after we talked about the saint of the day. I told Elizabeth that she could use the stuff in my craft box which is over flowing with chenille stems (A.K.A pipe cleaner), pom-poms, felt, sequins, beads, etc.! That was almost too exciting for her to handle! She couldn't wait to begin.
Each of the ornaments that she (and I - if she needs help) will create will have a liturgical centered meaning. Most will be symbols of saints. Here are the first three she and I made. I did help her with these first few. She seemed to need a little help getting her creativity going. Now that she has an idea of what I was asking for, I'm sure she'll be doing most of them on her own. But ether way it's a great mom and daughter bonding time! ;-)
St. Veronica
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Sts. Benedict and Scholastica
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St. Kateri Tekakwitha

All the ornaments will be added to this page:


I'll post about our new ornaments as she/we make them.
I'm not sure how often she/we will make one of these ornaments, but I'm hoping for at least 2 a month or even one a week -but no pressure. You can't force creativity! It just has to happen on it's own. 
I'm hoping to get future ornaments posted *before* the saint's feast day, but life is a bit crazy sometimes. (I'm sure that will be especially true once school starts again.) I'll do my best to keep posting! 
God Bless.
~Jennifer

What do your bored kids do during summer break?


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